This section covers a broad range of laws designed to safeguard every person’s rights, including human rights, workplace rights, employment contracts, awards and agreements, and workplace safety. It also covers equal opportunities for people who are vulnerable to discrimination, as well as defamation, environmental law and community activism. Anti-discrimination laws and environmental protection laws are a complex mix of national and state legislation based on international charters. Defamation law is standardised, being based on a national model law enacted in each state. Workplace relations law in Victoria is now largely governed under the Commonwealth Fair Work regime, but Victoria has retained its own occupational health and safety regime rather than adopting the national model.
This section includes the following topics: